Clemson must be feeling pretty good about their victory over LSU in last year’s Chick-fil-A Bowl.
The Tigers’ star wide receiver Sammy Watkins says he’s not worried about SEC foes Georgia or South Carolina, and he thinks Clemson should ‘beat the mess’ out of Georgia via Tigers Now.
“Behind the scenes we like our schedule,” he said. “People talk about Georgia, Florida State and South Carolina, but I’m not worried about them, I’m concentrated on what we do.
“If we come out and beat Georgia, not just beat ‘em but beat the mess out of ‘em like we should, I don’t see no problems in getting started in the right direction. I don’t have disrespect for them or for nobody else, I just believe we can be just the kind of team we want to be, the talent is here, we know how to win.”
Watkins evidently doesn’t think too highly of Georgia and must be licking his chops anticipating competing against Georgia’s inexperienced defense, which replaces eight starters and will be without up-and-coming safety Josh Harvey-Clemons.
Watkins is a big-time receiver and had a big freshman season. He’s combined for 1,933 receiving yards and 15 touchdowns in two years, but he says he’s past his sophomore slump that saw a two-game suspension and only 708 receiving yards.
But if he thinks Georgia’s defense is just going to lie down in a big-time game, he’s wrong. The Bulldogs are in the national championship hunt, as are the Tigers. There’s talent all over the youthful defense, and Georgia is very capable of scoring 45-plus points against any ACC defense.
This bout should be a classic shootout, with both offenses firing on all cylinders. Georgia returns virtually everyone on an offense that averaged over 467 yards and 37.8 points per game. Clemson’s offense averaged over 512 yards and scored 41 points per game, and they return Heisman candidate quarterback Tajh Boyd.
Clemson replaces three starters in the secondary, including both corners. Do you think Aaron Murray is slobbering with anticipation, too? Of course he is, but he’s not dishing out any locker room material over the summer.
Georgia is due for a big opening week win against a ranked opponent. Remember the last time someone trash talked Georgia?
[H/T Barrett Sallee]
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